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The family & friends of Ka'eo Griffin Jr (4 yrs old) are uniting to raise money to send him to an Intensive Autism Treatment Program.

Our eldest son, Ka’eo Jr, was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. Autism is a neurological, social disorder, where children cannot relate to other people, which can lead to problems with learning, communication and behavior. It’s like Ka’eo Jr is in his own world. He can behave “oddly” to help himself cope with his heightened level of sensitivity to a world that may seem overwhelming. When he was first diagnosed, he didn’t have any language, and didn’t look at anyone. He spent most of his days playing by himself in a corner, or endlessly jumping or running back and forth across the room. He was completely disconnected from his little brother Koa, and only nominally related to us.

After trying numerous therapy programs, we found a home-based program that has had high levels of success with improving their children’s state of autism: The Son-Rise Program at the Autism Treatment Center of America (ATCA) in Massachusetts. The ATCA trains parents to employ play-based therapy for their children at home. We have both traveled to the ATCA for training so we could run our own Son-Rise Program for Ka’eo Jr.

With the help of our amazing team of volunteers, we’ve been running our Son-Rise Program for 16 months, working with Ka’eo Jr daily in his playroom, one-on-one for more than 1400 hours. Miraculously, he now has over 400 words and making incredible eye contact! He sings songs, initiates interactions and plays with us for hours! Ka’eo Jr is now aware of his little brother Koa and it is common to find him playing next to and even with him! We believe his potential is limitless! We believe there is HOPE.

The Son-Rise Program instills faith in Ka’eo Jr’s freedom from this mysterious condition and our goal is to take him to a 5 day Intensive program at the ATCA where a team of highly trained Child Facilitators will provide one-on-one interactive and educational input for 8 hours per day, while a team of teachers work directly with us to train us to enhance and maximize our home-based program. This amazing program costs $20,000 and is a key contribution to our determination for Ka’eo Jr’s full recovery. As parents, we are committed to giving our son every possible chance to recover from autism and we are humbly seeking your support to help provide Ka’eo Jr with the best opportunity to realize his full potential.

Your contribution will make a long lasting impact in the life of our amazing son, Ka’eo Jr and we are truly grateful for everyone’s help.

Ultimately, this journey is about family and what a family goes through. It’s about knowing autism is not a tragedy but a testament of pure unconditional love.

With Sincere Thanks,
Ka’eo & Jackie Griffin

PS. If you would prefer to mail a check, you may write it to: The Ka'eo Griffin Jr Fund and send to: Ka'eo Griffin, 92-1176 Hookeha St., Kapolei, HI 96707.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a family representative please feel free to call: Ka'eo or Jackie Griffin at (808)729-0511.

Please also visit Ka'eo Jr's website: http://www.hawaiiansonrise.org/

We very much appreciate your support, love and prayers!
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